is a Law that man should love his neighbor as himself. In a few hundred years
it should be as natural to mankind as breathing or the upright gait; but if he
does not learn it he must perish."
-- Alfred Adler
is ironic that in a democracy where all are free and enjoy equal rights, we must
also have laws -- equal responsibilities -- so that the rights and freedom of
others are protected. However, in a democracy, laws must also be fair, clearly
defined, and applied equally to all members of the society -- both citizens and
-- Robert Alan Silverstein
people are starting to think of "entitlements' as 'extra
unearned luxuries' that should be taken away during hard
times. But the definition of an entitlement is a right
that is granted by law or by nature, to which all are
guaranteed access. True entitlements are basic needs not
luxury items. When politicians insist on cutting 'entitlements'
they need to ensure that only luxuries are on the cutting
block not basic needs.
have forgotten the basic SOCIAL CONTRACT of rights and
responsibilities that binds us together as a society.
Society expects citizens to follow laws it has instated
in order to protect individuals and institutions. Without
these laws there would be chaos -- the strong would simply
take anything they wanted and the rest would have no recourse.
In return the social contract guarantees that if people
follow these rules or responsibilities they will be guaranteed
basic rights - life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
A guarantee of life ensures they will have access to basic
human needs of water, food and shelter needed to live
and to support their family. Liberty involves the ability
to engage in activities the individual wishes, as long
as it does not violate the law. The pursuit of happiness
is a guarantee that the laws are meant to be fair and
provide an equal playing field for all members of society,
so that through hard work and creative enterprise, all
law-abiding citizens are free to strive to attain the
wants and desires they believe will bring them happiness.
Robert Alan Silverstein
"As labor creates the wealth
of the country, we demand the passage of such laws as may be necessary to protect
it in all its rights."
an ordinance of reason for the common good, made by him who has care of the community”
-- St. Thomas Aquinas quotes (1225-1274)
cannot accept that to be realistic means to tolerate misery, violence and hate.
I do not believe that the hungry man should be treated as subversive for expressing
his suffering. I shall never accept that the law can be used to justify tragedy,
to keep things as they are, to make us abandon our ideas of a different world.
Law is the path of liberty, and must as such open the way to progress for everyone.|
-- Oscar Arias Sanchez
only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law. |
-- Aristotle (384-322
|"It is quite clear
that as long as the nations of the world spend most of their energy, money, and
emotional strength in quarreling with words and weapons, a true offensive against
the common problems that threaten human survival is not very likely. A world government
that can channel human efforts in the direction of the great solutions seems desirable,
even essential. Naturally, such a world government should be a federal one, with
regional and local autonomy safeguarded and with cultural diversity promoted."
-- Isaac Asimov
rule of law in place of force, always basic to my thinking, now takes on a new
relevance in a world where, if war is to go, only law can replace it.
Roger Nash Baldwin
"Always we must
bear in mind that law has to be substituted for power, that care must be taken
to serve the interests of law."
-- Fredrik Bajer
should stress more and more that it is the rule of law for which they are fighting.
the law defends plunder and participates in it. Thus the beneficiaries are spared
the shame and danger that their acts would otherwise involve... But how is this
legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons
what belongs to them and gives it to the other persons to whom it doesn't belong.
See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the
citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime. Then abolish that law without
delay ... No legal plunder; this is the principle of justice, peace, order, stability,
harmony and logic.
-- Frederic Bastiat
the foundation of our civil liberties lies the principle that denies to government
officials an exceptional position before the law and which subjects them to the
same rules of conduct that are commands to the citizen.
-- Justice Louis D.
is to realise its potential as a force for good, we have to look more closely
at the means by which we handle our growing interdependence. We do not have a
world government, but we do have an increasingly complex network of institutions
that are concerned with global governance. They are central to our future and
international human rights law,
is not the law of the
majority but the protection of the minority.
-- Albert Camus
law is not the private property of lawyers, nor is justice the exclusive province
of judges and juries. In the final analysis, true justice is not a matter of courts
and law books, but of a commitment in each of us to liberty and mutual respect.
-- Jimmy Carter
is no reason to accept the doctrines crafted to sustain power and privilege, or
to believe that we are constrained by mysterious and unknown social laws. These
are simply decisions made within institutions that are subject to human will and
that must face the test of legitimacy. And if they do not meet the test, they
can be replaced by other institutions that are more free and more just, as has
happened often in the past.
-- Noam Chomsky
some effective world supergovernment for the purpose of preventing war can be
set up ... the prospects for peace and human progress are dark ....If .... it
is found possible to build a world organization of irresistible force and inviolable
authority for the purpose of securing peace, there are no limits to the blessings
which all men enjoy and share."
we establish some form of world government, it will not be possible for us to
avert a World War III in the future."
are in bondage to the law so that we might be free."
-- Cicero (106-43 BC)
our hearts and in our laws, we must treat all our people with fairness and dignity,
regardless of their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation. . . .
is rather astonishing that the United States does not play ball with the ICC,
considering our country was the beacon of the idea of an international criminal
It may be that
for a long time some nations will continue to fight each other, but the example
of those nations who prefer arbitration to war, law courts to the battlefield,
must sooner or later influence the belligerent powers and make war as unpopular
as pugilism is now.
"Those advocates who work for world peace by urging a system of world government
are called impractical dreamers. Those impractical dreamers are entitled to ask
their critics what is so practical about war."